The Ntungamo Resident District Commissioner Geoffrey Mucunguzi has appealed to the government to legalize and tax sex workers since the vice has vigorously affected the community.
RDC Mucunguzi said criminalizing sex workers has left government losing revenue because it’s lucrative to those who are seeking their services.
He further noted that sex workers can also help government to curb down insecurity saying that they can work as good spies (Entatsi) like a harlot Rahab in the book of Joshua 2:1.
Mucunguzi made remarks while presiding over meeting of commercial sex workers engagement with local leaders and security at Embassy Tours Ntungamo Town on Tuesday.
He told them that however, as a Christian he cannot support the service they offer but he will protect their rights like other Ugandans.
This follows a concern from Commercial sex workers in South Western region complaining of disrespect and criminalization by the community yet some of them they are their clients.
According to Naomi Mujuni, the chief executive officer Uganda Network for key population service organizations (UNESO), sex work should be regarded as an employment because it brings food to the table.
Immaculate Nyamwija, the chairperson Commercial sex workers in Mbarara City said government with other key implementing partners should not only focus on preventing HIV/AIDS among sex workers but should also think about legalizing the work since it’s a source of income to some people.
The meeting was organized by UNESO bringing together both female and male sex workers and other key populations. UNESO brings together at least 150 commercial sex workers organizations in the country.
The organization was mainly set up to bring them together and mainly fight for the rights of sex workers in the country.
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